New Shoes From Chrome-Forged Rubber

Chrome makes rad shoes. I mean they make lots of great stuff-bags, hip packs, panniers and clothes, and have been doing so for decades. I really like the street footwear they been churning out. They’re shoes are ideal for urban riding, easily adapting from fitting into toe cages or foot straps and then operating as a comfortable sneaker, off the bike. Chrome also makes the same durable quality shoe with cleats for SPD adaptable pedals, cleverly desquised

On top of looking great and functioning well, San Francisco based Chrome industries goes out of their way to find sustainable ways of manufacturing their products not only with materials but also with the process. This definitely coincides with the individualized smaller market of cyclists who are more hyper aware of hand craftsmanship and just like the bicycle itself, analog solutions in the digital age.

In the times of 3D printing and insta-app design, Chrome is recycling 70 year old manufacturing for their latest line of shoes.

Hot off the presses is a new line called…Forged Rubber. Here’s a brief description:

Urban Mobility Gear Maker, Chrome Industries, Turns Modern Manufacturing Upside Down With New Individually Crafted Forged Rubber Sneakers

Our Forged Rubber sneakers are made by hand, one at a time, on 70-year-old machines we salvaged from Slovakia. Forged Rubber™ is a slower, more bombproof way to make vulcanized shoes. The rubber is harvested from nearby rubber tree farms and forged directly to the canvas upper at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. The result is a bond that is durable, a sole that is incredibly flexible, and a shoe that can survive the city. Chrome Forged Rubber™ is the most resourceful way to make the most durable city sneaker.

The benefit to you as the consumer–three new styles of shoe:

The forged rubber: Timur


The Mirko:


and the Dima:



Chrome will be showing off their process at their various HUB stores–
Chrome’s Forged Rubber Mobile Factory Tour brings making back to the people.
Chrome celebrates the craftsmanship behind their urban sneaker debut with its Forged Rubber Mobile Factory Tour, where one of the refurbished 70-year-old Slovakian Forged Rubber machines will travel to Chrome’s HUB stores in five cities, allowing more people to experience the hand-made manufacturing process in-person.

Where to see the Forged Rubber Mobile Factory Tour

Chrome HUB’s
•San Francisco – 6/20 – 6/21- 962 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
•New York City – 7/1 – 7/2 – 238 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
•Chicago – 7/11 – 7/12 – 1529 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
•Seattle – 7/18 – 7/19 – 1117 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
•Portland – 7/25 – 7/26 – 425 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Check out the shoes: here.

And for more details a look book on issuu.

Win a free bike from Bird and Papillionaire

Need a great, fashionable commuter? Win a free bike from Brooklyn boutique Bird and Red Hook bike shop, Papillionaire


From Bird’s website:

Bird and Papillionaire are giving away two bicycles in our second annual Win a Bike Sweepstakes! Just enter your information in the fields below for your chance to win. The drawing will be held the first week of July and winners will be notified via email. We will also announce the winners via social media.
Click here for complete contest rules and conditions.

– Enter for your chance to win a Papillionaire bicycle!

Contest ends June 30th, 2014

Events for June-Time’s Up

A bunch of events for June taken from
Time’s Up calendar and monthly email:

There are some great bicycle related events here in June highlighting the diversity of NYC’s amazing cycling community, also a great social way to embrace the summer and experience New York City and beyond. Some of these are Time’s Up specific events, some we will be volunteering at and some are just plain awesome and need to be mentioned.

–Friday, June 20th-Take a ride out to Coney Island and experience the city’s closest beach, fire works and the Cyclone rollercoaster. A Time’s Up Event…Details below.

–Saturday, June 21st-The 10th annual Bicycle Fetish Day, hosted by the City Reliquary Museum. This event is an all day block party high-lighting and fetishizing human kind’s greatest invention…the Bicycle. There will be prizes awarded for a categories such as Best Vintage Bike, Best Mutant Bike and Best in Show. Havemeyer Street between Hope and Grand in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
city fetish day.

–Saturday, June 21st. Kick off the summer solstice in New York Punk rock style with pasties, glitter and nautical themes. The Mermaid Parade-Defending the honor of American Popular Culture. Come dressed as your favorite mermaid or King Neptune on the Boardwalk of Coney island. This years King and Queen are Mayor DeBlasio’s kids…Dante and Chaira. Parade begins at 1pm. Visit: for more info.

–Saturday, 21st-22nd. The Clearwater Festival, A two day music festival celebrating the life, music and vision of Pete and Toshi Seeger through environmentalism and sustainability. Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY…details below.

–Wednesday-Sunday, June 25th-29th. The Bicycle Film Festival. A week long event with a Dance Party, Art Show, Block Party and three days of movies about Bicycle culture.

On Going events:

Time’s Up! Movie Night!
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month

July 8th
The global income gap is given a stage and a spotlight by former US labor Secretary Robert Reich. The film follows him from fighting the good fight of information dispersal from Fox News to college campuses. Who knew the economic world order could be so funny.


SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member at


Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.

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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.


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The President is in Town and All I Got Was My Bike Confiscated??

I got a Panicked text from my friend Chad who woke up this morning to find the bike he parks on the street near his apartment in midtown…was gone. The only thing that remained was parts to a sawed through lock, indiscriminately cast aside at the base of the street sign post he locked it too. He did some asking around the immediate area and found a traffic cop putting up no parking signs. Turns out President Obama is in town today to raise money and the police thought it would make sense to take away all the bikes from the area. So regardless if you leave your bike on the street for years or just happened to have run into the store for a minute…you may have found your $90.00 Kryptonite completely distroyed and who knows the condition of your bike…if you can find it.

Turns out this isn’t the first time this type of property destruction sweep has occurred due to some politician in town.

There was April 2010, on Houston Street…Time’s Up video captured the cops hard at work. (sent to me by: @BicyclesOnly)


From StreetsBlog: Video of NYPD Effeciently deployed to clip bikes on Houston Street.

Then there was 2013…
(sent to me by @KeeganNYC, )

From Gothamist:
NYPD Saws Through Locks To Confiscate Bikes Parked Near Biden.

Now I can understand towing cars on a route where the President will be traveling, especially if “No Parking”

signs are being ignored…but If I’m a cyclist in NYC and see this sign…

I’m pretty sure I’m going to assume this doesn’t apply to my bicycle. But you never know when a terrorist will strike the leader of the free world with an evil bicycle bomb.

So if you had a bicycle chained somewhere in the 40’s of Manhattan yesterday and you think it was stolen…the theives might just be the NYPD. Go to the 14th Precinct-Midtown South and find out.

I’d demand a police report and hound them until you get and your bike back.

Win tickets to NYC Bicycle Film Festival

The bicycle lawyer, Steve Vaccaro and his firm Vaccaro & White are one of the sponsors of this year’s Bicycle Film Festival, June 25th-29th.

Each day this week, they are offering a chance to win tickets to the festival by answering a trivia question posted on twitter.

Here is more and the rules from their website:

We’ve been friends and admirers of Bicycle Film Festival founder Brendt Barbour for a long time, and nothing pleased us more than his call last Friday to ask if we could sponsor this year’s festival. Brendt generously gave us a bunch of complimentary tickets, many of which we’ll be giving away! How to score some:

Every day this week we’ll tweet a bike law multiple choice question from our firm’s account, @BikeNYCLaw. Be the first to answer correctly and the tickets are yours. Festival starts june 25th, deets here.


At 1 pm each day, we’ll tweet a #bikenyc law question. First person to tweet a correct answer gets the tix.

Answers must begin w/ “.@BikeNYCLaw“.

“First answer” established according to chronological priority in twitter timeline.

Answer MUST indicate reasoning, not simply give the letter corresponding to choice. We are the sole judges of who is “correct!”

Employees of Vaccaro & White ineligible.

No purchase necessary.

Good luck!

PS-Thanks to Bike Snob for the contest concept.

A promo video for the festival featuring creator, Brendt Barbur:

10th annual Bicycle Fetish Day 6/21/14

It’s Back!!

 The City Reliquary Proudly Presents
10th annual Bicycle Fetish Day 2014
Saturday, June 21st
Noon til 6PM
Havemeyer between Grand Ave. and Hope St. Williamsburg Brooklyn.

–Calling bicycle fetishists of all types!! Bike collectors, builders, activists, shops, attire designers, community groups
 and all-around BIKE NERDS…

BICYCLE FETISH DAY IS A BLOCK PARTY FOR YOUR BICYCLE! The 10th Anniversary Bicycle Fetish Day will take place on Havemeyer Street between Hope and Grand.  We’ll have a bike judging contests, offer bike rides, host bicycle advocacy groups and display boutique bicycle-artist wares… and our BBQ grill will going at full capacity.

Contests include: Best Vintage Bike, Best Shiny Bike, Best Family Bike, Best Mutant Bike, Best in Show and much more! Win great bike trophies , and maybe, possibly, hopefully a bicycle or two.

If you’re a self avowed bike weirdo, bicycle enthusiast, bicycle  advocate, bicycle commuter, biek nut,  you shouldn’t miss this yearly celebration of all things bicycle.

See you there, BIKE NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!

(…Bring Your Bikes And Get Those Prizes!!!)

Schedule for Bicycle contests:

Judging starts at 2pm

2:45: Best vintage bike

3:15: Best Mutant bike

3:45: Best Commuter bike

4:15: Best Handmade bike

4:45: Best Small Wheel bike

5:15: Best Ugly Bike

5:45: Best in Show

Cycling, Artists, and informational booths including:

Transportation Alternatives
Times UP!
Taliah Lempert Bicycle Paintings
Neighbors Allied for Good Growth
Coast Cycles
Horse Cycles
Velo Brooklyn Bushwick Bike Shop
-Classic Riders BC
-Black Lable BC
-Puerto Rico Schwinn Club
Bike Cult
Bike Jumble
Harvest Cyclery
Bicycle Doctor.

BMX tricks courtesy of Harvest Cyclery.

Music by: Boogaloo DJ Harry Ballz

Source Page: here. Ne

#visionzero is Zero Clothing-World Naked Bike Ride NYC

Forget #visionzero how about zero clothing. Yesterday (6/13/14) was a subdued World Naked Bike Ride in NYC. Here is a full frontal report form Time’s Up Ben Shepard.

A Hard Rains Gonna Fall: Vision zero clothing ride 2014



A clothing-optional bike ride in solidarity with the World Naked Bike Ride. While the new regime of New York City pays lip service #VisionZero , we will show what safer streets for humans really look like. We demand free assembly, free speech, free movement and safe expression for our bodies and ideas. #VisionZero harassment, #VisionZero cars, #VisionZero hate, #visionzero shame, #visionzero pollutants in our physical and mental environment.

Active participants required. Pants optional.


For more report and a ton of photos ride on over here.

And it just couldn’t be an true bicycle event in NYC without some police intervention. Apparently two undercovers (not naked bike riders) pulled in front of the ride and claimed “You can’t ride around with your dick hanging out.” Two cyclists were arrested for lewdness and indecent exposure according to Shepard who was on the whole event in the pour rain…lets not forget.

Also here is a Raw video:

Parade of Bikes…the Art Kind.

A parade of art. It starts with a common theme that can be replicated in a 3 dimensional sculpture such as a cow or a pig. Often to scale the idea is to modify the basic sculpture into different styles and sprinkle them around the city for tourists to find and marvel. Kind of like a legal and accepted form of urban street art, because God forbid Bansky or OBEY Shepard Fairey does it on the DL…that’s vandalism. Wether we, Joe Public, liked the idea or not…we first got stuck with it back in 2000.

20140527-101557-36957276.jpgThat’s was the beginning of the Cow Parade, where life size cows were permanently installed and painted in all kinds of styles such as Pop-Art Warhol or more utilitarian like an MTA subway. Then the idea spread around the world and not just in the Bovine variety. There were rescue dogs after 911 and pigs

20140527-101743-37063637.jpgand even this year we had some kind of giant eggs all over the city for some kind of charitable Easter Egg hunt of corporate art.

Now it’s time for a bike parade…Oh don’t get scared and call the NYPD, this is an art version. I’m sure a permit was approved.

83 year old artist from Mexico City, Gilberto Aceves Navarro, an 84-year-old artist from Mexico City, is presenting his version called “Las Bicicletas.” 120 steel bicycle creations will be spread out in 10 spots around the city starting in June, to unite art and to promote a heathy lifestyle and environmental awareness.

Those Mexicans (artists) always taking our corporate art jobs…
Oh well, much better subject matter then those lethargic cows. So immobile.

Here is more from DNAinfo:

Bicycle Sculptures Unite Art and Healthy Living in Brooklyn Public Spots

By: Nikhita Venugopal
May 26th, 2014


BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — A public art installation featuring more than 100 bicycle-like sculptures is rolling into Brooklyn and Manhattan this summer.

Gilberto Aceves Navarro, an 84-year-old artist from Mexico City, is debuting his work, “Las Bicicletas” in the United States this June as a way to unite art, a healthy lifestyle and environmental awareness.

Find out more by riding over here.

Bike Lanes NYC-“For Me To Poop On.”

Couldn’t pass this one up. brooklynspoke does a nice job of capturing New Yorkers relationship with bicycle infrastructure.


Dinner and Bikes East Coast Tour in June

Eat great food and talk about bikes, what could be better? That’s what’s behind the upcoming, 4th annual, Dinner and Bikes tour starting in June.

Tour dates are on the East Coast and feature vegan chef Joshua Ploeg. He’ll be serving a scrumbscious buffet and promoting his new book: “This Ain’t No Picnic: Your Punk Rock Vegan Cookbook.” released by a great Indy publisher, Microcosm.

Quick promo:

The talk part features a guest I’m super psyched about, author and blogger Elly Blue. At the start of this year she released the book: Bikeconomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy. I was lucky enough to get a promo copy in advance. This is the Freakanomics (book by: Stephen Dubner and Steven D. Levitt) of the bike world that realistically breaks down the high costs of car ownership in the US. Elly’s book is a great compendium tool of information for engaging in dialogue when motorists like to drop myths such as: “Cyclists are just freeloaders of our roadways, who don’t contribute to the taxes needed for infrastructure.”

Here is more information about the Dinner and Bikes event:

Here’s what happens at a Dinner and Bikes event:

As the audience arrives, they serve themselves from chef Joshua Ploeg’s gourmet vegan and gluten-free buffet spread. While eating, Joe Biel plays a series of his short films about bicycle activism and culture—his newest shorts focus on the family bicycling movement. Then local advocates and sponsors have a chance to get up and talk about their work promoting cycling. Elly Blue takes the stage and gives a presentation about Bikenomics, showing the audience how to make a compelling economic case for bicycling, equity, and transportation activism. At the end there is a chance for questions, discussion, and browsing the Microcosm pop-up book and t-shirt store.

The tour kicks off with two back to back dates in Brooklyn.

June 2nd at the Old Stone House (5th Ave-between 4th and 5th St.)


June 3rd at the 3B bed and breakfast (136 Lawrence St.)

Find out more by riding over: here.